PVH Launches Dress Furnishings E-Commerce Site

PVH Corp. is showing some love to its heritage brands.
The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger today launched a centralized e-commerce platform for its dress furnishings labels. 
Called Stylebureau.com, the new site allows consumers to purchase from the company’s Izod, Van Heusen and Eagle brands through one centralized location. The site also offers shirts and ties from Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
In the past, consumers would have to shop on the individual brands’ web sites.
To help consumers make the best choice, Stylebureau also has a “tie match” tool that digitally coordinates the site’s 200-plus neckties with its more than 100 dress-shirt styles.
The site also carries a broad range of PVH’s big and tall offerings.
Ken Duane, chief executive officer of Heritage Brands at PVH, said the company had “long considered investing in a dedicated e-commerce site but wanted to ensure it had a unique value proposition different from those of our outstanding retail partners. Our focus was to provide consumers with immersive brand-centric experiences from Izod and Van Heusen, and an easy-to-shop portal unifying all of our heritage brands, in a single space. Launching our own e-commerce space has always been a natural progression for our business, but we have been very deliberate in crafting an offering with true value to

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BAE launches cyber security intelligence network

BAE Systems has launched a new industry forum and lobbying group called The Intelligence Network to address increases in cyber attacks.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Launches New Norvina Eye Shadow Palette

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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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Sync Performance Launches ‘Elevate the Athlete’ Project to Enable Shoppers to Support Emerging Athletes

COMPLETE SNOW JOBS: Internationally renowned athletes can really break the bank, as Floyd Mayweather can attest with $ 275 million in salary/winnings and $ 10 million in endorsements.
The quick-footed fighter tops the 2018 Forbes List of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes with Argentina’s leading soccer player Lionel Messi ranking second with $ 84 million and $ 27 million in endorsements.
With a reported $ 4 million in estimated earnings from sponsors like Burton and Beats by Dre, three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was the highest-paid male athlete at this year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang. But the sponsored life is more of a challenge for unproven mountain athletes like ski racers, snowboarding and ski jumping even at the elite level. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who won two gold medals last winter, personally started pitching potential sponsors at the age of 10. Olympian Brian Fletcher worked part-time in a restaurant, snowboarder Jonathan Cheever punched the clock as a plumber and Ryan Cochran-Siegle worked at his family’s store to help get to this year’s Winter Games. To try to help offset athlete’s expenses — which extend beyond apparel and equipment — the Colorado-based brand Sync Performance has launched its Elevate the Athlete project. Shoppers can direct 10 percent of

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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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Prada Launches ‘Nylon Farm’ Video Project

NYLON PROTOCOL: Prada has launched a video project in four episodes focusing on its signature nylon fabric.
Dubbed “Nylon Farm” and filmed at the company’s industrial headquarters in Valvigna, Tuscany, the story aims to convey the brand’s blend of heritage, technological innovation and creativity through a futuristic fairy tale.
In the short videos, the Prada farm is populated with flocks of cyborg “nylon sheep” — a nod to science fiction and American writer Philip K. Dick. The sheep’s synthetic fleece is harvested via an alternate reality technology and woven into Prada’s signature nylon under the supervision of futuristic IT systems.

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The regularity of such a perfect world of artificial intelligence and automated machinery is interrupted by a series of anomalies requiring the launch of an investigation, and the unexpected variable of human emotion.
The first chapter debuted on Sunday on Prada’s social media and in a dedicated section on its web site, linking directly to e-commerce. The following three episodes will be unveiled on June 1, 4 and 9, respectively.

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NASA launches mission to investigate Mars

NASA has launched a mission to Mars which, if successful, may help reveal the planet’s internal secrets and suggest if it was ever habitable.
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Maisie Williams launches social media app

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Former Calvin Klein Designer Launches T-Shirt Line

Abby Moriarty never thought she would leave Calvin Klein, but six months after Raf Simons’ arrival, restructuring happened and she lost her job as vice president of design.
“I found myself at a loss,” said Moriarty. “It came as a big shock to me, but I started thinking about what I could do with all that I learned there.”
Moriarty, who helped lead design for the Calvin Klein White Label assortment that’s sold in department stores, decided to stick with American sportswear, but has taken a different approach. Called 1920, her men’s and women’s T-shirt line is grounded in modernist design — 1920 is the year the T-shirt was entered in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
“When I was at Calvin, I would travel four times a year to places like Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and we were always thinking about how can we get more for less and not thinking about the impact it’s having on our environment and our culture,” said Moriarty. “It really prompted me to take a step back and I saw how much fast fashion has influenced the market. And for a more commercial brand it was tough to compete with what they were doing. I really wanted

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SpaceX successfully launches the world's most powerful rocket

SpaceX successfully launches the world's most powerful rocketSpaceX has successfully launched its massive Falcon Heavy rocket and sent a red Tesla Roaster into space for a one million-year journey.



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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket on its initial test flight, marking another historic coup for founder Elon Musk.
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Margi Gad Launches Fierce + Regal Activewear With More of a Lifewear Point of View

NO TIMEOUTS: As a former private fine jeweler specializing in diamonds, Margi Gad brings a more gilded approach to activewear with her label Fierce + Regal.
A one-shouldered metallic taupe top, a platinum tunic, capri leggings with two zippers on the hip and a hooded blush-colored overthrow are among the styles. As for similarities between activewear and fine jewelry, Gad said, “Well, they both have a lot of gold. We use a lot of gold accents. This is sort of a gem of an activewear line. It is a glittering jewel in an overcrowded marketplace.”
Taking more of a lifewear approach, the collection relies on primarily Italian fabrics, aiming for more of a luxe touch. The neutral colored activewear can be interchanged with wardrobe pieces. The logo-free, minimalist chic collection lends itself to ready-to-wear, Gad said. “I really wanted something sophisticated.”
The company’s e-commerce business is up-and-running and Gad is committed to selectively building Fierce + Regal’s specialty store base. She connected with specialty stores during her first outing at the recent Active Collective at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.
Gad said, “I have always really loved working out and being active, so this really came from a personal need. I found myself running to

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Adriaen Black Launches E-commerce Site With Casual Clothes Inspired by Andrew Jang’s Pro-athlete Clients

GAME ON: Adriaen Black founder Andrew Jang has been creating bespoke clothes for pro athletes and is broadening his reach with more casual direct-to-consumer pieces.
The designer’s introductory collection includes $ 100 T-shirts, $ 275 hoodies and letterman and bomber jackets starting at $ 350. Each item has whimsical graphics, like one of a man seated on a bear with a baited fishing pole.
Reached in Dallas on Wednesday, the designer said he had appointments with the Houston Texans’ Jelani Jenkins, the Oakland Raiders’ EJ Manuel, Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry and Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Forsett. On Super Bowl Sunday, Jang will be suiting up Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham and Caleb Sturgis off-the-field. Pro athletes have been asking Jang for a while to create styles that their families and friends could buy, so he decided to get into e-commerce. Jang said, “It just became one of those things, when people keep asking, you’re either really smart about it or you’re not. I decided if they’re asking, let’s see what we can do.”
Inspired by athletes that he works with, Jang created styles that are more mainstream and affordable. If first-year sales hit 10,000 units, that would make the company “very profitable,” Jang said.
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Google Parent Launches Cybersecurity Firm

Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., said Wednesday it is launching its 13th unit: a cybersecurity business called Chronicle LLC.
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Moncler Launches Charity Project with UNICEF

WARM HEART: Moncler has partnered with UNICEF – the United Nations international children’s emergency fund, – to launch a charity project. Named “Warmly Moncler For UNICEF,” the initiative aims to provide clothes and survival kits to children and families in need who live in areas around the world with harsh winter weather conditions.
In particular, the outerwear specialist and the charity association – which operates in 192 countries, – will provide thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and shoes, in addition to fuel to warm up homes and schools. Clean water, food and medicines will be also included in the survival kits.
Previously, Moncler supported children in need by funding the Child Priority Foundation. For the occasion, the brand launched the “Moncler Toy” initiative, which combined art and fashion.
A quirky version of the brand’s iconic cartoonish duck that imparts washing instructions inside all of Moncler’s jackets was molded from glass resin with a three-dimensional effect. The statue was then handed over to British artist Stuart Semple, who manually reproduced a mountain scene onto the duck in black and white, and auctioned it off.
Established in Grenoble, France, in 1952, Moncler was acquired by Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini in 2003 and is publicly listed

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Tokio Hotel Launches First Fashion Collection at The Store in Berlin

BERLIN — German pop band Tokio Hotel is getting its look together. At least that was the prime motivation behind the creation of the first Tokio Hotel capsule collection, which launched at The Store in Berlin’s Soho House this week. It also is available on the group’s web shop.
Designed by Tokio’s front man and most out-there fashion aficionado Bill Kaulitz, the 12-piece streetwear range not only works on the band’s very different style types but looks primed for a broader fan base in terms of look. And price.
Geared for men but not gender-specific, the range retails from 16 euros to 198 euros. It is composed of a black “Dream Machine” bomber jacket that reverses to bright yellow; black or red crew neck sweatshirts plus a black hoodie; black and white logo T-shirts; logo socks in yellow or red; a knit scarf, headband, and cap.
Sound basic? Yes, but not quite. The shapes have a clean finish and are oversized for contemporary flair, and then there’s the wordplay, band specific and otherwise. The hoodie’s sleeve, for example, features the lyrics of Tokio Hotel hit “Boy Don’t Cry” written in yellow on the sleeve, while the cap shouts “High as F–k.” The black

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Aalto Launches Combination E-commerce and Editorial Site

GET THE MESSAGE: Aalto, the Paris-based label of Finnish designer Tuomas Merikoski, has launched an e-commerce site featuring a partnership with Finnish start-up RePack on reusable delivery bags.
The aaltointernational.com web site, developed by the brand in collaboration with The Community, a Paris-based collective of Finnish creatives, showcases its collections alongside editorial content that explores the brand’s universe and origins.
The site, which ships to the European Union, the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, offers the label’s fall collection, featuring a print created by Finnish artist Sami Saramäki.
Also available is the book it published with the Jouko Lehtola Foundation, featuring the photographerʼs Finnish Youth series.
The collaboration with RePack, which produces bags from recycled polypropene, highlights Aalto’s commitment to sustainability. Customers can return an empty bag at no extra cost by folding it and putting it in the mailbox. It will then be returned to RePackʼs warehouse, where it will be cleaned and reused.
Aalto celebrated the tie-up by customizing RePack’s signature yellow bags for its spring 2008 After Nature show.

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MCM Launches Holiday Campaign Aimed at U.S. Market

MCM continues to ramp up its presence in the U.S. The Seoul-based, German-born accessories label has launched a holiday video campaign geared at young consumers.
The party scene campaign, called “The Give & Get Down,” features model and activist Barbie Ferreira, dance duo Les Twins and singer Kacy Hill, amongst others.
MCM America’s vice president of marketing and communications Rita Shukhman said of the endeavor: “Celebrating diversity, unity and friendship during this holiday season, we wanted to create a festive and lighthearted video that embodies a genuine sense of fun and giving amongst friends. With this campaign video, MCM tells its new school luxury story through fresh and playful self-expression. The music is upbeat, the crowd is cool, the gifts are chic and we learn in the end the best gift to give for the holidays is always the gift of good vibes.”
MCM, as previously reported by WWD, is expected to become a $ 1 billion brand by 2020. The company’s U.S. division, which relaunched in 2015, has crossed $ 100 million in annual sales and has risen to become the top-selling bag company at Neiman Marcus. The U.S. market is a key focus for the brand’s 2018 fiscal year.

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Missouri Launches Probe Into Google’s Business Practices

Missouri’s attorney general has launched a broad investigation into whether Google is violating the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws, a new front in the internet giant’s regulatory battles.
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DreamWorks Animation Launches Shorts Program With ‘Bird Karma’ (EXCLUSIVE)

DreamWorks Animation has launched DreamWorks Shorts, with the goal to develop talent, storytelling skills, innovate new technologies and explore new characters and stories for possible feature film development. The first short from the program is “Bird Karma,” directed by William Salazar. The short will debut theatrically before DWA’s the Japanese release of “The Boss Baby” […]

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Orbital ATK launched a civilian cargo capsule into orbit Sunday, marking the second successful flight of the redesigned Antares rocket and raising the company’s hopes of developing a more powerful booster for military missions in the next decade.
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Supra Founder Launches Path Projects

According to Scott Bailey, there are 50 million people in the U.S. who run — and the market is still underserved.
“I hated the running apparel that was out there,” said Bailey. “I believe if you focus on one thing and do it well, there’s a consumer that’s going to buy it.”
Bailey is very comfortable with building brands. He cofounded One Distribution, which owned Supra, the sneaker brand, and KR3W, a skate apparel brand. K-Swiss bought the company in 2015.
Since then, Bailey’s been assessing the retail landscape, which he describes as the Wild West, and serving as a member on Zumiez’s board of directors. He’s used his learnings to start Path Projects, a direct-to-consumer running brand that targets men ages 20 to 60.
“The customer today doesn’t want to wear a big logo,” said Bailey. “They care about good product, traveling and getting the most bang for their buck.”
The Path Projects assortment takes all of these things into consideration. It includes subtly branded running shorts and baselines, or liners, which come in three different lengths, running shirts and hats with SPF protection. The shorts are made from a Toray flex fabric, liners are constructed with an antimicrobial, quick-drying performance mesh, and running

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Drew Barrymore Launches Lifestyle Brand on Amazon Fashion

Drew Barrymore today launches a contemporary lifestyle brand called Dear Drew on Amazon Fashion. Described as “a love letter to women around the world,” the collection includes apparel, handbags, jewelry, luggage, hair tools, lingerie and loungewear, priced from $ 28 to $ 248.
In the first campaign image, Barrymore wears the Mulberry Street tie-front skirt, SoHo fan drop earrings, Little Italy identification bracelet, NoLIta cuff and You are Strong clutch. While the items are clearly inspired by New York neighborhoods, the collection is meant to have an international appeal.
“We’re delighted to be teaming up with Drew Barrymore to debut her new brand on Amazon Fashion,” said Amazon Fashion director Kate Dimmock, who praised Barrymore’s “impressive career and creative energy,” as well as her “free-spirited style.”
Amazon Fashion has private label basics brands Lark & Ro, Ella Moon, Mae, Paris Sunday, Amazon Essentials, Buttoned Down, Good Threads and Scout + Ro, but Dear Drew is the first celebrity-driven fashion brand launching on the e-tailer. Amazon Fashion Europe this summer launched a collection with Nicopanda, Nicola Formichetti’s unisex streetwear label.
Barrymore has proven herself to be an apt entrepreneur; her company Flower Beauty, founded in 2013, is sold exclusively in 4,000 Wal-Mart doors in the U.S. and

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Pedro García Launches Nordstrom Pop-Ins, Turns Focus to U.S.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Third generation shoemaker Pedro García was in Los Angeles this week to celebrate the opening of a temporary Nordstrom shop-in-shop, as the Spain-based company aims to further develop its business locally.
“In recent years this has been one of our main markets,” García said of California, pointing to a coastal climate mirroring where the company is based. “The idea is to keep developing the business, going a little bit more deep even though we know that we don’t want to go crazy with production. We want to keep delivering the quality we deliver.”
García’s grandfather, also named Pedro García, started the business in 1925, building a brand focused on the tradition of craftsmanship that’s been passed down to now the company’s third generation. The quality and style hasn’t gone unnoticed with the label seen on celebrities such as Lana Del Rey, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. The line — ranging from flats to heels — are made in the company’s factory in Elda, Spain, and sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and David Jones among others.
The company this week celebrated the temporary pop-in at Nordstrom’s new store at Westfield Century

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Cerruti 1881 Launches Made-to-Measure Service

MEASURE UP: Cerruti 1881 is the latest men’s wear brand to join the made-to-measure club. Launching this week in the brand’s flagship stores and a selection of retailers worldwide, the new service extends to suits, tuxedos, waistcoats, jackets, trousers and overcoats.
Jason Basmajian, the brand’s chief creative officer, said the new service “allows customers to customize fabrics, fit and details to their own personal style with a deeper level of service.” Customers can select from a range of fabrics by Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, woven in Biella, Italy. They include vicuña, 13 Micron, Suri Alpaca, 100 percent cashmere, wool/silk blends and super 150s wool.
The garments will be hand-tailored in Italy with a process that involves more than 160 steps and eight-plus hours of handcraft construction. The average delivery time is eight to 10 weeks, with a made-to-measure suit starting at 2,650 euros. Clients can also be measured at their homes or offices by one of the house’s tailors.

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British-built satellite launches from Russia

A British-built pollution monitoring satellite was launched into orbit on Friday.
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The Family Behind Weatherproof Launches The Very Warm Project

Cousins Shai and David Peyser are helping their family, which owns outerwear brand Weatherproof, establish a bigger presence in the contemporary category.
They have partnered to introduce The Very Warm, a men’s and women’s outerwear line that will launch for fall. Each season, the brand will partner with artists to incorporate one-of-a-kind artwork into its products.
“I came into the business a couple of years ago and we decided to do something that was art inspired,” Shai Peyser said. “We wanted to start a conversation with outerwear and a way to do that is with the lining. I personally have a love for art and street art so we are incorporating that into the lining.”
For the first season, The Very Warm has tapped artists Trav, Jasper Wong, Morgan Lappin and Caleb Troy to create pieces for the lining. The collection includes coach jackets, reversible bombers and quilted parkas and retails from $ 189 to $ 375.
The line is being sold at Nordstrom, and beginning in October, the brand will host a three-month pop-up shop within Odin’s SoHo location in New York. The pop-up will include events every few weeks hosted by artists who have collaborated with the brand.
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Karmaloop Founder Greg Selkoe Launches Wanderset E-Commerce Site

Greg Selkoe, Karmaloop’s founder, has a new e-commerce proposition.
Selkoe has teamed with Wil Eddins, co-owner of Institution 18b in Las Vegas, and Matthew Growney, cofounder of Fabulous Brands who used to work for Karmaloop, to introduce Wanderset, a men’s e-commerce site that’s content heavy and features merchandising from cultural influencers.
This isn’t completely new territory for Selkoe. In 2016, he started Curateurs, a men’s online retail concept highlighting cultural influencers who sold pieces from their closets. In order to better scale the business, Curateurs was folded into LookLive, a site that aggregates pictures of celebrities’ outfits and allows readers to shop for the pieces or more affordable versions via affiliate links.
Selkoe, who had to leave LookLive after being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which kept him sick for close to a year, said Wanderset operates from a different model. As opposed to offering one-off items from celebrities’ personal collections, Wanderset is a fully stocked e-commerce site that sells merchandise from brands including Android Homme, Carrots, Comme des Garçons, Dead Studios, Del Toro Shoes, En Noir, Gucci Ghost, Lacoste and Mr. Completely.
On Wanderset influencers are called set members and have a set page that features merchandise from their own brands or select pieces from

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NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs

Contracts offered to recruitment agencies to help NHS boost workforce by 5,000 GPs.
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Citizens of Humanity Founder Launches New Line

Jean Atelier is a new denim-based ready-to-wear collection from Citizens of Humanity founder Jerome Dahan and designer Noam Hanoch. Launching at Barneys New York and FWRD Elyse Walker for fall 2017, the collection includes trousers, French lace tops, draped dresses, outerwear as well as elevated and embellished tailored denim shirts, jumpsuits, skirts and jeans.
Dahan and Hanoch worked together for 10 years at Citizens of Humanity before Hanoch launched a collection under his own name, which eventually shuttered. Working on a higher-end denim line was always their goal when they were together at Citizens, but they were hemmed in by the constraints of the contemporary market at the time. For the past year they’ve been working, along with Dahan’s wife Elsa, the brand manager, on Jean Atelier.
“Jean Atelier is more directional creatively and has a much sexier aesthetic [than Citizens of Humanity],” Hanoch said. “We felt like the premium denim space has become very saturated and price-point driven, so we saw a tremendous opportunity in the market for a designer denim brand with a strong point of view.”
“In the last few years the denim market became very oversaturated with basics,” Elsa said. “The retail market wasn’t great in the last few years,

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Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

The virtual cash will be given out when people buy food in Burger King restaurants.
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Grammar Launches Capsule Collection of White Shirts

Grammar, a new capsule collection of organic cotton women’s shirt styles, isn’t playing by the fashion rules.
The collection will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter starting Sept. 5, and then will be sold exclusively on Grammarnyc.com, beginning in November.
The shirts, which have names such as The Verb, The Preposition, The Dangling Modifier, The Conjunction and The Split Infinitive, are made by hand in New York’s Garment Center and are available in sizes 0 to 12. Orders placed early in the Kickstarter campaign will receive a discount (15 percent off the purchase of one shirt, 20 percent off the purchase of two to four shirts, and 25 percent off if all five styles are purchased) from the planned $ 150 to $ 250 retail price points. Orders will be shipped to customers eight weeks after the Kickstarter funding.
According to Althea Simons, founder and chief executive officer of Grammar, “Not a lot of fashion people use Kickstarter. I’m using it to collect pre-orders so I don’t have as much inventory risk. I needed to raise money to produce, and I’d rather have it come from pre-orders.”
The first collection contains shirts made of 100 percent sustainable organic cotton poplin from India. The Verb shirt ($ 150),

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Facebook Covertly Launches Mobile App in China

Facebook launched a photo-sharing app called Colorful Balloons in China under the name of a different company, in a shift from the company’s public campaign to woo Beijing officials who have blocked the social network.
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Nick Graham Launches Underwear Line

Nick Graham is back in the underwear business.
The designer, who made his mark as founder and chief underpants officer of Joe Boxer, is launching a collection of underwear and loungewear under his eponymous brand for holiday.
“Even though it’s a very competitive classification, I still see a big opportunity to bring color, innovation and irony to the category.” Graham said.
The Nick Graham underwear collection will include conversational prints as well as core and fashion basics in microfibers, cotton spandex and combed cotton in vibrant colors. “We want to put the fun back into functionality,” Graham said.  
The all-cotton loungewear will be offered in both wovens and knits and is designed to be worn both in and out of the house. Graham said he views this classification as one of the biggest opportunities since it blurs the lines between sleepwear and ath-leisure.

Loungewear is viewed as a big opportunity for the brand. 

John Kammeier, president of NGL, the company that produces the collection, said, “Nick’s sensibility in these categories is somewhat legendary and I see a huge opportunity in the market for us. The reaction so far has been nothing but remarkable, and proves to us that there is still a void not being

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Kenneth Cole Launches End Aids Coalition

COME TOGETHER: Kenneth Cole is taking his fight against the global AIDS epidemic to a new level with the launch on Tuesday, at the International AIDS Conference on HIV Science in Paris, of the End Aids Coalition, or EAC. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, or IAVI, along with amfAR, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, or EGPAF, the MAC AIDS Fund and the Global Fund have partnered with the American designer and longtime activist on the initiative.
“We are at a ‘tipping point’ in the fight against AIDS, with a quickly closing window of opportunity,” said Cole, who is also amfAR’s chairman of the board and a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. “If we do not act now, and act together, to gain control of this global epidemic, it may never be possible and the costs in both funding and human lives would be catastrophic.”
The EAC is billed as an international cross-sector, non-partisan global alliance bringing together global AIDS leaders, including UNAIDS, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, in order to aggregate and break down information so as to accelerate the end of the elusive AIDS epidemic.
Through a collaboration of leading AIDS experts, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers, faith leaders, businesses, activists

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Couturissimo Launches in China, Previews New Collection

SHANGHAI – Couturissimo, the one-year-old brand backed by the Asian Couture Federation [ACF] and charged with a mission to democratize couture, formally introduced itself to Chinese consumers Friday with the launch of a pop-up store.
The week-long pop-up in Huaihai Road’s K11 Mall is designed to allow consumers an opportunity to get up close and personal with Couturissimo’s current season garments, which are normally available via the brand’s online platform but are also increasingly appearing at trunk shows, as well as boutique-in-boutique and pop-up concepts around Asia and the rest of the world.
According to the brand’s founder, Dr. Frank Cintamani, who is also founding president of the Asian Couture Federation, Couturissimo is looking to an online-to-offline strategy in order to attract a wider customer base. As well as K11, the brand is working with Lane Crawford in China and is also in talks with Harrods and Selfridges in London.
“For quite a while people have been debating what is better, offline or online. I think the answer is to have both positions, in an intelligent manner. I think brick and mortar has been challenged quite dramatically, so for us not to have to go straight into only standalone boutique, but working with retail

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Amazon Launches Private Accessories Label The Fix

CHEAP FIX: Amazon has unveiled a new venture to bring affordable, fashion accessories to its masses.
The Fix is the online giant’s new private label of shoes and handbags based on designer-level trends, with handbags beginning at $ 49 and shoes starting at $ 69.
The range became available for purchase Tuesday, and was celebrated that evening with a cocktail event at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan.
Amazon Fashion’s director Kate Dimmock spoke to the new line’s purpose: “Our customer is really looking for a great hit of style — something that’s on-trend. They have an accessible price point and are well made. That was really a challenge. We are all about a breadth of selection, it’s really a key part of Amazon’s identity, and another key aspect for us with new styles releasing monthly.”
Dimmock’s staff of market editors explore the fashion industry to hunt for trends. They have targeted satin for daytime, platforms and fashion sneakers.
Dimmock abstractly referenced the Amazon “customer” with considerable repetition. But when pressed for demographics about the site’s target fashion audience, she demurred: “It’s not about how old she is, her income, where she is. She’s everyone, she’s everywhere — so it’s really about finding someone who has the

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Dolls Kill Launches Streetwear Line Poster Grl

STREET VIBES: Dolls Kill is adding its edgy perspective to streetwear with the launch of a new collection it’s calling Poster Grl.
The online multibrand retailer — specializing in looks inspired by a cross of styles borrowed from the punk, Goth and EDM scenes — on Tuesday rolls out what the company’s calling directional streetwear that adds just the amount of sex appeal to make it consistent with the rest of the Dolls Kills store, but also affordable.
The company, cofounded by chief executive officer Bobby Farahi and Shoddy Lynn, has made a name for itself since its 2011 launch by carrying edgy clothing and accessories with an antiestablishment attitude. The company’s online store carries a mix of the company’s own designs along with product from brands such as Wildfox Couture, One Teaspoon, Obey, Huf, Lazy Oaf and Dr. Martens. At the center of the merchandise mix and also what’s driving design and buying decisions at Dolls Kill, is the company’s reliance on what it calls its dolls. Each doll reflects a different persona and style. Those looking for rave-inspired looks, for example, can click on the doll named Kandi for all things coated in glitter and butterflies, or there’s Mercy for

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The Last Line Launches Direct-to-Consumer Fine Jewelry Online

The latest entrant in the online, direct-to-consumer fine jewelry arena, Los Angeles-based The Last Line, launching today, aims to be first among many companies offering baubles for female self-purchasers.
Founder Shelley Gibbs Sanders, who designed for celebrity jewelry lines and high-end brands in L.A. for 15 years, is bringing her point of view to what she considers an “over-flooded market.”
“We [she and husband Teddy Sanders] found two holes in the market: there were not a lot of well-designed and high-quality staples, and nothing that felt heirloom, like when it was handmade in the Fifties and Sixties,” she said.
Hence, the decision to offer a two-part collection, called Heart (the staples) and Soul (modern heirlooms). Ranging in price from $ 60 to $ 1,500 and $ 1,000 to $ 7,000, respectively, the two ranges are targeted at women who are just starting to build a fine jewelry collection as well as seasoned shoppers seeking something new.
Like Iconery, Noémie, Aurate and Vrai & Oro, The Last Line can pass on significant savings for expensive products with the direct-to-consumer business model. Gibbs Sanders can also gather customer feedback and react quickly with pieces made in Los Angeles. The site will launch with two drops of earrings, followed by necklaces, bracelets

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Liverpool Jeans Company Launches Men’s Line

Los Angeles-based denim and sportswear resource Liverpool Jeans Company, one of the fastest-growing under-$ 100 jeans brands offering premium styling, is expanding into men’s. The company, which was founded in 2012, currently sells in Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Von Maur and Dillard’s as well as online at Amazon, Zappos, Stitch Fix and LiverpoolJeans.com.
Available in slim straight, relaxed straight and skinny styles, and three inseam lengths (30-, 32- and 34-inch) for waist sizes 29 to 42, the jeans utilize Liverpool’s Advance Comfort Stretch denim with Coolmax technology, offering fits for a range of body types. The collection retails for $ 89 and will be shown at the upcoming Stitch Las Vegas, L.A. Men’s Market and by appointment at its New York showroom located at 530 Seventh Avenue.

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Liverpool cofounder and president Ron Perilman, who had a line called City Girl and cofounded NYDJ, is a 30-year veteran of the denim industry along with wife Jill Perilman, who serves as design director.
“The market was missing a premium brand for under $ 100 and my wife said, ‘We can do it better,’” said Perilman. “This was before premium took a nosedive, though we thought it might.”
The Perilmans went to China and were surprised to find that

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Amazon launches a social network for spending money

Amazon launches a social network for spending moneyAmazon’s Spark is a social network that for spending cash. Available Tuesday for Amazon Prime members using the company’s iOS app, Spark is a Pinterest-like service that lets users upload images of themselves using products, or just products. Other users can then view those images and follow links to purchase the displayed items through Amazon.



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Erica Messer Launches Production Company, Inks New Two-Year Pod Deal with ABC Studios

Erica Messer has expanded her relationship with ABC Studios with a new two-year pod deal in addition to launching her own production company, Variety has learned. Messer has launched Erica Messer Productions at Disney, which is focused on creating original series for ABC Studios. Messer has brought on longtime friend and TV/film development executive Deborah Cincotta,… Read more »

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Loro Piana Introduces New Green Storm System, Launches New Ad Campaign for Tasmanian Fabric

MILAN — Loro Piana has embarked on a greener journey. The Italian luxury company, which makes fabrics for its own use and supplies high-end garment manufacturers, will present the new Green Storm System treatment at the upcoming edition of Milano Unica running here July 11 to 13.
The Green Storm System is the eco-friendly update of the existing Storm System treatment, which the company has applied to all its natural fabrics since 1994 to create waterproof and wind-resistant items.
The new treatment consists of a hydrophilic and osmotic membrane, applied to the reverse side of a fabric and created using a special polyurethane made from 50 percent renewable plant resources and castor oil, in particular. The result is a thin and breathable membrane that provides additional stretch and a softer feel to Storm System’s usual performance.
The Green Storm System is completed by the surface Rain System. Launched last February, the Rain System is used in combination with the membrane and increases the effectiveness of the waterproofing created by the Storm System by forming an invisible barrier around each fiber to protect it from dust, dirt and liquid stains. The Rain System treatment is also eco-friendly, with more than 60 percent of its components coming

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AMD Launches Fight Against Intel in Lucrative Server-Chip Market

Advanced Micro Devices began selling a new generation of chips for the servers that drive computing in data centers, challenging Intel in that high-margin market for the first time in years.
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NPR One App Launches on Apple TV, NPR Cooperating Closely With Apple on HomePod

NPR officially announced the launch of its NPR One app on the latest-generation Apple TV Tuesday, giving users another way to access news, podcasts and live streams from the public broadcast network and its local stations. NPR Chief Digital Officer Tom Hjelm also told Variety that the broadcaster is working closely with Apple to bring public… Read more »

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Ministry of Tomorrow Launches Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, Plans Pop-up Shops and Los Angeles Store

GREENER FIELDS: Keeping true to its eco-minded approach to fashion, Ministry of Tomorrow has launched a vegan lifestyle magazine called MOT Mag.
Looking to empower staffers and enlighten consumers has been the Los Angeles company’s goal from its inception, according to president and founder Julian Prolman. The content-rich read features articles such as a Vivienne Westwood profile, Pharrell Williams’ inspiration for sustainable fashion, and a piece about the digital deterioration of natural feminine beauty. MOT has created a base of 20 freelance writers and there are plans to add guest contributors who are thought leaders and social commentators, Prolman said. “We decided on publishing the magazine now in order to grow our brand in a more engaging way that builds a community and creates meaningful relationships with our target audience, as opposed to relating to them only on a transactional basis.”
Topics are chosen in different categories, based on how well they align with MOT’s brand values — sustainability, compassion and higher consciousness. Started in 2011, the company’s flagship project is in Nairobi, Kenya just outside of one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera, where a facility has been built to sponsor professional artisan tailors. They create MOT’s bags for women and men

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Snapchat firm launches camera glasses in Europe

Snap Inc, the maker of Snapchat, is doubling down on its camera-enabled sunglasses, making them available across Europe.
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Lauren Conrad Bares Baby Bump in Bikini and Launches First Swimwear Line

Lauren ConradTo promote the launch of her new swimwear line, Lauren Conrad is baring her baby bump again.
The 31-year-old fashion designer and former star of The Hills announced on Jan. 1 she and…

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Elisabetta Franchi Launches Activewear Capsule for Spring

MILAN — Elisabetta Franchi has launched her first activewear collection. Named “Moves,” the capsule includes leggings, jumpsuits and loose-fit styles, such as sweatpants, T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Creative director Elisabetta Franchi infused her activewear range with precious details and materials, such as eco-leather, tulle and mesh.
The color palette spans from delicate hues, such as pale rose, ivory and grey mélange, to more flamboyant shades, including coral pink. Gold is used for piping and a star pattern.

A look from Elisabetta Franchi’s activewear capsule. 
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The brand also developed three footwear styles — a slip-on, a pair of boxing boots and a deconstructed running shoe — as well as three bags. These include a gym bag, a backpack and a shopper, all crafted from technical fabrics.
Priced from 87 euros, or $ 97 at current exchange rate, to 450 euros, or $ 502, the capsule collection will be available in stores, as well as on the brand’s online shop, starting from next week.
Founded in 1998, Elisabetta Franchi’s international popularity has increased in the last few seasons as a range of celebrities, including Kim and Khloé Kardashian, have been seen sporting the label’s dresses. The company’s main markets are Russia, China and the Middle East, along with Italy. The brand is sold in

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See the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Palette In Action Before It Launches (Update)

The upcoming Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Palette makes an appearance in a new video on the official Kat Von D Beauty YouTube Channel.
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Janie and Jack Launches Limited-Edition Women’s Collection

Janie and Jack, the 15-year-old children’s fashion brand, has introduced a new limited-edition women’s collection called J&J.
The collection launches today at janieandjack.com and in two Janie and Jack shops at The Grove in Los Angeles and Aventura Mall in Miami. The women’s line has corresponding looks for girls, boys and babies.
Geared to summer parties or picnics in the park, the women’s looks include striped dresses, eyelet maxidresses, striped ruffled dresses, sleeveless tops, cold-shouldered tops and Swiss dot tassel tops. There are also tote bag and pouches. Striped rompers, tank dresses, shorts and polo shirts are available for children. Styles for girls and boys are available in sizes for infants as well as children up to age 12 and range from $ 19 to $ 69. Women’s sizes range from XS to XL with prices from $ 58 to $ 168.
Janie and Jack, which has about 150 stores throughout the U.S. and janieandjack.com, is a division of Gymboree Corp.
As reported, Gymboree has an interest payment with a due date of June 1 for notes due in 2018, and the company said in March that it was getting short on cash. Financial sources this week said the “prognosis” hasn’t changed,  and the retailer could file for bankruptcy

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Rocket launches secret US spy satellite

A top-secret spy satellite has been launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, with the rocket booster landing itself just nine minutes later.
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Paige Novick Launches Secondary Line

Paige Novick is ramping up her presence in the ever-growing entry fine-jewelry category.
The designer will launch Powerful Pretty Things — a line of delicate designs priced from $ 250. The line will launch in August at stores including Broken English and Ikram.
While stud earrings occupy the lower quadrant of the line’s pricing structure, pieces can escalate to $ 8,000 for a bejeweled choker, with the average piece coming in for between $ 1,500 and $ 3,000
Unlike much of the entry-level fine jewelry in the market, Novick’s designs feature many colored stones — with many of them tied to a birthdate or meaning.
“Entry-level fine is an important category, as it allows you to broaden your audience and reach the aspirational customer who can start to build a collection from the ground up,” Novick said of the decision to launch the line.
She specified further of the concept: “Powerful Pretty Things is a lifestyle collection based on the 12 birthstones and their known healing properties. Until now, healing crystals had a bit of a crafty connotation. My goal is to bring them into the luxury world but in an accessible way. We tend to be drawn to certain colored stones because of how they make us feel when we

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Samsung Faces Big Test as Galaxy S8 Launches in U.S.

Samsung needs a seamless launch in the U.S. this week for its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone to help win back consumer trust following its costly recall last year of the S7 over battery issues.
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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni. The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $ 10 million and $ 20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel,… Read more »

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Daniel W. Fletcher Launches Pop-up Store at Liberty London

IN WITH THE NEW: Up-and-coming men’s wear designer Daniel W. Fletcher has secured Liberty London as his first stockist in the U.K.
The young designer has partnered with Liberty on a three-week pop-up store, which aims to introduce Fletcher’s aesthetic to the Liberty customer and give the brand more visibility. The retailer will then go on to stock Fletcher’s fall range as part of its men’s wear department.
“I have been talking to Liberty for a while now but we waited until we could launch something properly. I didn’t want it to get lost on a rail at the back of a store. This is my first stockist in London, which is the home of the brand, so I wanted to mark that moment properly,” said the designer, adding that he was drawn to the retailer’s distinctly British identity, which is in line with the references to English heritage often used in his collections.
The young designer, known for his politically minded collections — his first show was staged as a flash protest against Brexit — has so far been sold at Opening Ceremony in the U.S. and on the brand’s own e-commerce platform. He said that he hopes the partnership with Liberty will expose

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Lipstick Launches for 2017 Cannes Film Festival

PUCKER UP: To help mark the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, L’Oréal Paris is launching a limited-edition version of its Color Riche lipstick.
The new product comes in just one hue – (spoiler alert) ruby red. Called Color Riche Red Carpet, the lipstick is billed to give eight-hour moisturizing and a satiny effect. Its tube is engraved with a gold-colored palm leaf, giving a nod to the iconic symbol of the festival’s top prize.

L’Oréal Paris is launching a limited-edition version of its Color Riche lipstick to help mark the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival. 
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Color Riche Red Carpet will be sold starting in May and retail for 12.50 euros, or $ 13.30 at current exchange.

The lipstick’s tube is engraved with a gold-colored palm leaf, giving a nod to the iconic symbol of the festival’s top prize. 
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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival will run from May 17 to 28.
 
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Gina de Givenchy Launches Geeg Specializing in Headwear for Women Fighting Disease

WELL-COVERED: As a cancer survivor, Gina de Givenchy knows firsthand the complex emotions that women face while fighting disease.
Her new e-commerce business, Geeg, specializes in head coverings made of shirting material, turbans and other specialty items designed to help lift the spirits of the unwell.
After having a double mastectomy and starting treatment for breast cancer in 2013, the former fashion executive said she struggled to find any headwear that was “relatable” to her. Starting to think about going back to work, de Givenchy said. “I really wanted to start my own business. It really was like a bolt of lightning, after searching the Internet. It’s not really something that you’re walking the streets for. There was nothing that was really designer and luxury. And there was no real retail shopping for the cancer patient.”
That realization was “really strange” for de Givenchy who had always been connected to the fashion industry through her posts at Richard Tyler, Chanel and Jil Sander. She explained, “I sort of felt like the same person even though I didn’t look like same person. I just felt sort of shortchanged.”
Recalling her own purchases, she said, “What it really comes down to is I needed something that

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Triumph Launches a New Premium Subbrand

MILAN — Lingerie specialist Triumph launched its newest subbrand on March 27. Named Florale by Triumph, the premium and sophisticated line targets women aged 45 years and older.
Inspired by the floral theme, the ultrafeminine range lines up four different styles of bra, named Peonia, Dalia, Iris and Wild Rose.
Peonia is an unlined bra in tulle and lace, with Triumph’s signature underwire in silicone sustaining a cup divided in four sections to better shape the breast. An underwire-free option is represented by the unlined Dalia, embellished with a series of details that remain invisible under the clothes. Iris is a transpiring padded style while Wild Rose is a minimizer bra. Embroideries and laces are also inserted in contrast to further enhance the femininity of the offerings.
Retailing at an average price of 60 euros, or $ 65.40 at current exchange, Florale by Triumph will hit stores globally starting in September. The distribution will involve department stores and select retailers worldwide, along with the label’s freestanding stores and e-commerce.

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Design Museum Helsinki Launches ‘Enter and Encounter’ Exhibition With a Futuristic Spin

Scandinavian countries are known to take the lead in terms of promoting its multidisciplinary designers on the international stage, so it’s fitting that the Design Museum Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo have launched an exhibition for the centenary of Finnish independence.
More than 1,000 designers and supporters turned up Thursday night in Helsinki to examine how design is challenging the present and shaping the future, according to Päivi Balomenos, the museum’s public relations and communications director. For the first time, six different rooms were set up for the “Enter and Encounter” exhibition, which is meant to have a forward-thinking spin about design and society. The themes are Techno Pastoral, Global Finn, Ecologies, Post-Industrial Crafts, Urban and Soft Systems. The work of Irene Kostas, the designer behind the ONAR clothing label, and Elina Määttänen, who has her own signature collection, are among the show’s 45 resources. There is also a maternity package to help new mothers in underdeveloped places be equipped for child care.
“Compared to the Finnish design history, the idea of design used to be very much product-based and now it has totally changed. It can actually be all kinds of things,” Balomenos said. “For example, in this

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MWC 2017: Sony launches slow-mo Xperia XZ Premium phone

A new type of image sensor allows the latest Xperia smartphone to capture video at a record 960 frames per second.
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Fan Ink Launches Fi Hats in the U.S.

The Fi Collection is making its U.S. debut.
Fan Ink, the manufacturer of officially licensed sports gear, will introduce the Fi Collection, a line of hats dedicated to international soccer, to the U.S. market.
“From an undeniable international influence and favor for the sport globally, the popularity of professional soccer has grown tremendously Stateside over the past decade,” said Robert St. Amant, vice president of sales and marketing for the Fi Collection. “By uniting a lifelong interest in soccer with our expertise in headwear, we hope to meet high demands on urban lifestyle and soccer aficionados, uniting them with the greatest international sport in a more elevated, stylish way than ever before.”
The collection, which ranges in price from $ 26 to $ 40, will be available at Lids and feature the proprietary Inno-Fit Sweatband, which provides moisture control, and wicking technology.
Along with launching in the U.S., Fi has also launched licensed product with 15 international soccer clubs including the France national team, Club América in Mexico and the Brazil national team.

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British Tweed Supplier Linton Launches Men’s Apparel in Japan

TOKYO—Linton, an English textile company that is primarily known for being Chanel‘s tweed supplier, is launching its first ready-to-wear line in Japan.
Linton Japan will launch Linton Men with a small collection of tweed jackets and coats starting with the fall season. The pieces are all made with Linton fabrics, but are designed and sewn in Japan. The company is targeting department stores and multi-brand boutiques, and anticipates the collection will hit stores in mid-August.
“The concept behind the brand is accessible luxury,” said designer, Yoritsugu Negaki during a launch event at Tokyo’s British embassy.
“As a luxury line, we are targeting customers in their 40s and up, but we expect actual customers to mainly be in their 50s and up.”
Prices for the pieces range from 88,560 yen, or $ 781, for a basic tweed jacket, to 162,000 yen, or $ 1,429, for a jacket made of a patchwork of different fabrics. Coats range from 118,800 yen, or $ 1,048, to 138,240 yen, or $ 1,219.
“We expect our customers will be the kind of people who can afford to buy a nice jacket and just wear it once or twice a month,” Negaki said. “We don’t see these as everyday items.”
William Linton founded the brand in 1912

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Ermenegildo Zegna Launches Short Film, Communication Campaign With Robert De Niro and McCaul Lombardi

 MILAN — Ermenegildo Zegna is shifting gears and investing in a new communication campaign heavily hinged on digital and dubbed “Defining Moments,” pairing Roberto De Niro with McCaul Lombardi.
This confirms a WWD report in November. A private dinner will be held in New York tonight to celebrate the project.
An exclusive interview with chief executive officer Gildo Zegna and artistic director Alessandro Sartori together at the company’s headquarters here meant to discuss the spring campaign’s concept turned into a “defining moment” in itself as the conversation touched upon a wide variety of topics, including the bond between the two men, which goes back more than two decades.
“I still get goosebumps when I watch the video,” Zegna said of the three-minute film, which sees De Niro and Lombardi in Los Angeles talking at a private villa in Beverly Hills or driving around town in a burgundy, vintage open-top Maserati.
In the video, De Niro discusses his decision-making in accepting or refusing a role and shares his experience with Lombardi. “The conversation was real, easy and spontaneous, there was no predefined theme,” said Sartori, who showed his first collection for the brand in January.
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Gant Launches Tech Prep Shirt Range

LONDON — Gant is tapping into technical fibers with the launch of its men’s tech prep range, WWD has learned.
“We thought we had an opportunity here of bringing innovation into products that still look very preppy,” said Gant president and chief executive officer Patrik Nilsson.
Specially woven fibers offer quick-dry, breathable and cooling effects. Garments are made from fabrics that are treated with a fast-drying and anti-absorbant finish to regulate body temperature.
The 23-piece collection includes shirting and knitwear. Key pieces include a chambray shirt in a classic button-down collar style, a fitted check shirt, a blue stripe shirt, as well as a pique jersey style. The range is priced from 85 pounds, or $ 106, for a shirt to 150 pounds, or $ 188, for a sweater. It will be available for purchase this month in stores and the brand’s web site.
Nilsson noted that 20 percent of the brand’s total business is from shirting and believes that it will grow to 30 percent by 2020. He said that the company tested the shirts while running a company relay race and marathon at Bellmanstafetten in Stockholm. “We had over 200 people from the company run,” noted Nilsson. “And all of us ran in those shirts so

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Robert Graham Reenergized for Fall, Launches Ad Campaign

NEW YORK — Robert Graham, the luxury men’s wear brand, has been refreshed for fall with a more refined premium line and will launch an ad campaign today that is aimed at its current customers while hoping to reach younger men.
The brand’s fall collections — which span wovens, bottoms, knitwear, sport coats and accessories — use more luxurious fabrics, have updated silhouettes and details that are cleverly articulated on the inside. The company’s spring ad campaign was created and photographed by David Lipman and features model Alex Lundqvist.
In an interview with Andrew Berg, the 40-year-old president of Robert Graham, who joined the company eight months ago, he said his top priority was to “evolve the brand to show the end consumers and the retailers — and even ourselves — that we’re evolving with the times and reenergizing our customer base, while making sure we are speaking to a new customer.”
In addition to redesigning the West 40th Street showroom here with its new aesthetic, the 16-year-old company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Differential Brands Group Inc., analyzed all customer touch points, including its web site, which is its biggest volume generator. The company generates $ 150 million in global volume, including licensed products.
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Gabrielle Union Launches Hair Care Line For Women With Textured Hair

Gabrielle Union-Wade is one of those people who has great hair, doesn’t appear to age and is just effortlessly beautiful.

That said, it only makes sense that the star is dipping her toes into the beauty ― specifically hair care ― market.

Union’s hair-care brand, Flawless, features ten products ― all in the affordable price range of $ 19 – $ 29 ― and is designed specifically for women with textured hair. It will include shampoos, conditioners, styling aids and treatments.

The line aims to “address issues women with textured hair face most often such as dryness, split ends, damage, brittleness and frizz,” according to a press release.

“I myself have suffered from one too many bad hair days and have never found one range of products that met all of my needs. I wanted to change that,” Union said in the release. “This line is all about healthy hair and versatility – so you can change up your styles without compromising the condition of your hair. I want women to be able to express themselves, flawlessly!”

Flawless will drop online on March 1, but you won’t be able to snag the products at Ulta stores until April.

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Brunello Cucinelli Launches New Digital Platform

Italian fashion label Brunello Cucinelli launched its new corporate and e-commerce site on Monday. Produced entirely in-house and available both in English and Italian, the platform is part of the digital project the company started in 2015 with the goal of strengthening its online strategy.
Italian entrepreneur Brunello Cucinelli first introduced the importance of the digital tool last November, during a conference call with analysts to comment nine-month results, and highlighting how this should have the key role of communicating the company’s values in a special way.
The web site’s “Philosophy” and “Thoughts on the Contemporary World” sections are proofs of such commitment. Dedicated to retracing not only Cucinelli’s life and beliefs but also to explain his company’s core values, the areas feature recurrent themes, including humanistic capitalism, moral and economic dignity of work, quality, manual skills and attachment to the local community.

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“I would like to live in a world where not everything boils down to mere profit. Money is valuable only when it is spent to improve man’s life and growth, and this is the end that I struggle to achieve,” shares Cucinelli in a note on the site.
Other sections feature “Territory,” dedicated to Brunello Cucinelli’s

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Ladies of London’s Caroline Stanbury Launches ‘Girly-Girl’ Furniture Collection: ‘The People Who Don’t Like It Probably Don’t Like Me’

Chairs lined in Chanel tweed, a side table cinched with the gold belt of a Tom Ford gown — Caroline Stanbury‘s designer wardrobe can now have a place in every home.

The Ladies of London star, 40, isn’t chopping up her enviable threads, of course, but her closet does serve as direct inspiration for her fashionable new home collection. “Everyone’s obsessed with my wardrobe,” says the stylist turned realty star, “so I incorporated it into my line of furniture.”

The collection, created in collaboration with London-based interior design and development firm Earlcrown, includes 12 scene-stealing pieces ranging from lacquer dining chairs for $ 855 each to a dining table in colors like pale pink, yellow and pistachio for $ 5,642.

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When Stanbury and her three children moved to Dubai to be near a new business opportunity for her husband, Turkish financier Cem Habib, Earlcrown’s CEO Bianca Ladow was tasked with decorating the family’s new home in just six weeks.

“I rented my house out in the U.K. furnished, so I didn’t have any furniture,” explains Stanbury of the whirlwind decorating job. “This is a 13,000-square-foot house — and trust me, for Dubai that’s quite small — and had to completely furnish it.” She met up with Ladow and had every single piece of furniture made for the house. Their creations would become Caroline Stanbury for Earlcrown.

The collection, which includes pieces like a channel-tufted velvet vanity seat with a brass base ($ 1,701) and an angular chaise inspired by an Issey Miyake gown ($ 2,662), is unapologetically girly and a bit over the top, much like Stanbury herself, or at least her TV persona.

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“I think the reason I’m known from Ladies of London is my one-liners, being a little bit out there, a little bit ridiculous,” she says. “In the world we live in today, people need a little bit of release, to look at a bubble and go, ‘I love that. It’s fun and it’s pretty and it’s exciting.’ And if you look at the furniture, I think it’s all of those things. It makes me happy to look at it.”

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But she’s quick to point out that you don’t have to be a fan of hers to enjoy her creations for the home: the pieces are completely customizable, so those weary of the pastel hues can still enjoy the luxe-looking shapes and finishes. “You don’t like my colors? Change it to whatever you like,” she says. Adding, “I’m Marmite anyway” — a reference to the divisive English condiment. “The people who don’t like it probably don’t like me. Hopefully there will be a lot of people who love it.”

Caroline Stanbury for Earlcrown is available now. E-mail design@ecmylife.com for details.

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MILAN — Classic Italian men’s wear brand Corneliani unveiled the “Corneliani to You” project during men’s fashion week here, which launches the next phase of the company under a new owner, Bahrain-based fund Investcorp, and a new chief executive officer, Paolo Roviera.
“The basic idea was to create a formula to communicate the existing values of the brand without distorting the product, while in an unconventional and innovative way,” said Roviera during an interview at the firm’s stately, frescoed showroom. “We were mindful of everyone’s busy schedules.”
As a result, the company didn’t hold a presentation this season but invested in a communication idea, tapping four different directors to present their visions of the brand in one-and-a-half-minute videos. “You can do this when you are confident in your style,” said the affable Roviera, who was previously ceo at rival Pal Zileri, which is also owned by a Middle Eastern fund, Mayhoola for Investments. “I am happy with the results — four different yet complementary videos,” he said, emphasizing his belief in digital communication.
For example, “Like Suit Like Man,” by Vincent & Kristell shows a man on a business trip whose every change of suit projects him in a different dimension, from France to Los Angeles to

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket, rebounding from a catastrophic accident in September.
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The Art of Elysium Launches Streaming Network Elysium Bandini Studios

The Art of Elysium, or TAOE, has joined forces with James Franco and Vince Jolivette of Bandini Studios to form a streaming entertainment network called Elysium Bandini Studios, that will use the profits from its content, created by actors and artists who are patrons of the Los Angeles-based charity, to service more ill and elderly people in need.

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“It’s sort of like a Netflix for charity,” said TAOE founder Jennifer Howell, who began the charity 20 years ago in Los Angeles to bring arts programs to kids in hospitals with serious illnesses. Howell had created a grant called the Tonne Award, named for a late patient, that endowed an emerging filmmaker each year.
With Franco and Jolivette, she created a distribution model for more of this type of content on the digital platform, which goes live on Sunday and will add 30 hours of content each month under a different theme. Artist Shepherd Fairey serves as creative director.

EBS launched on Jan. 8. 

The inaugural program includes videos inspired by the 10th TAOE Heaven gala honoring Stevie Wonder. Seven directors reinterpreted his classic hit “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” to show what their version of heaven

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Versace Launches Renovated Web Site

Versace unveiled its renovated web site on Dec. 16. Featuring a new graphic interface, versace.com has been enriched with special contents, specifically created for the digital platform. These are combined with the brand’s e-commerce to deliver both shopping and storytelling experiences.
Available in five languages — Italian, English, French, German and Chinese — the digital design concept has been developed to be highly responsive and easily adapt to any kind of screen, including mobiles and tablets, in addition to computers. Full screen images introduce ready-to-wear and accessory collections while a new section, called “World of Versace,” gathers the brand’s special projects. These include dynamic images and special videos showing exclusive behind-the-scenes moments. In addition, the brand’s jewelry, perfumes, watches collections feature in the section, along with the brand’s hotellerie news, to showcase the complete Versace lifestyle.
In the future, the digital platform will also serve as stage to launch exclusive capsule collections, destined to online purchase only. Versace’s e-commerce currently covers 22 European countries, in addition to the U.S.

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Benefit Cosmetics Launches Brow Services App in the U.K.

DIGITAL REWARDS: Benefit Cosmetics is launching Wow Brows, the first eyebrow loyalty app in the U.K. The smartphone app allows Benefit customers to book appointments and collect loyalty stamps on their phones, for every eyebrow treatment they buy at Benefit brow bars. The company has 162 locations across the U.K. and Ireland and is known for specializing in brow services and products.
Launched at the beginning of December, the digital brow accessory helps clients locate their local branch, book appointments and keep track of their rewards.
Michelle Stoodley, head of marketing at Benefit, said the initiative was a way for the company to continue offering rewards to engage its customer, while moving away from traditional loyalty cards.
“Utilizing a mobile app was the ideal solution, plus it’s a device we know our customers carry with them everywhere. We are combining the popularity of our brow services with an easy booking system to reward our customers,” Stoodley said.
Using in-store tablets, app users can scan personal QR codes found on the app, to collect their reward after each appointment. Every treatment earns customers one stamp, with rewards beginning on the second visit. Two stamps earns a complimentary brow tint, which costs 11.50 pounds, or $ 14,

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Baron Davis Launches The Black Santa Company

Four years ago Baron Davis reluctantly wore a Santa Claus suit to a Halloween party.
“I remember I didn’t want to go the party because I didn’t want to be Santa Claus,” said Davis. “But the whole night turned into magic. And people would sit on my lap and ask me for things like a new Ferrari or another Lakers championship.”
This led to the former NBA player trademarking Black Santa and launching the Black Santa Company, a brand that offers apparel and other merchandise centered around the Black Santa character, who resembles Davis but is not him.
“I told my business partner, ‘Imagine how great it would be to actually introduce a black Santa to the African-American audience,’” said Davis. “I know my mom, her friends and my grandmother would always search for figurines that reflected us because they wanted us to grow up feeling that same sense of worth.”
Davis has created a collection of unisex apparel — T-shirts, hoodies, onesies, ugly Christmas sweaters and hats — covered in Black Santa graphics along with gift wrapping paper, ornaments and lapel pins. The collection, retails from $ 12 for an ornament to $ 35 for a sweatshirt. Limited-edition pieces such as the Ugly Santa sweater

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Google launches self-driving car company Waymo

Google’s self-driving car project has been spun off into a separate company, in a move that suggests robot-controlled vehicles may be whizzing around public roads soon.
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Haute Hippie Launches Spring With Fresh Team, New Showroom and E-commerce Site

NEW YORK — Living up to its company’s name, Haute Hippie made sure numerous candles were burning and the wildflowers were arranged just-right for Thursday night’s spring presentation here.
The brand had much to celebrate, having installed a new creative and management team, moved into a roomier Manhattan address, expanded its retail reach, and unveiled its bohemian-inspired collection. And in time for the crucial holiday selling season, especially Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Haute Hippie relaunched its e-commerce site last month.
Guests circulating through the new showroom were the first to see the new spring looks. Embellished T-shirts, fringe tuxedo blazers and lace-insert maxi dresses were amongst the May and June highlights, which clearly delivered the brands luxe bohemian message.
Haute Hippie’s creative director Cady Vaccaro warmly greeted guests in the company’s new West 27th Street studio and offices. The past year has been abuzz with activity for Vaccaro, who spent nearly 10 years at Alice + Olivia before leaving in October 2015 as senior design director to start with Haute Hippie. She now oversees a seven-person team.
In the process Haute Hippie has expanded its presence in Neiman Marcus to 35 or 40 doors, according to Gary Epstein, executive vice president and chief marketing

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Linda Farrow Launches Selfridges Pop-up

GOLD TOUCH: In time for the holiday season, Linda Farrow is extending its presence in Selfridges with a new pop-up space, located on the department store’s accessories department, on the ground floor.
The space, which spans 269 square feet, was created by design agency Sheridan & Co. and features brushed gold displays upholstered in taupe suede fabric, capturing the brand’s flair for unabashed luxury. It’s located near the department store’s Duke Street entrance, next to shops-in-shops by Givenchy and Miu Miu.
The eyewear brand has always had a prominent presence in Selfridges, with previous store-in-store concepts located in the eyewear section, as well as in the women’s luxury ready-to-wear department on the second floor, next to the likes of Chanel and Céline.
“This is a milestone for Linda Farrow, to launch this space during such a key commercial time of the year and to be standing side by side with some of the top luxury brands,” said Simon Jablon, founder and managing director at Linda Farrow.
Both men’s and women’s optical and sun collections will be carried in the new pop-up, the focus being on the brand’s signature metallic shades crafted with gold-plated titanium, which have the highest sell-throughs in the department store.
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Contemporary Shirting Label Monographie Launches in Harrods

MODERNIST ATTITUDE: Monographie, the new Paris-based label that focuses on shirting, has launched in the contemporary department at Harrods.
The label, founded by Aude Casteja, offers different iterations of the classic shirt: There are minimal sleeveless versions in baby blue and white, feminine ones that come with contrasting pleated panels and more conceptual, deconstructed pieces that are sliced and buttoned back together.
Casteja, who has previously held press and marketing roles for luxury brands such as Céline said that she wanted to create a brand with interesting, identifiable visual handwriting.
“My background broadened my instincts and helped me create a strong identity for my collections, from the concept, to the story and the campaign images. Céline is a great example of perfect branding, so it was a good school, but it didn’t affect the identity of my brand directly,” said Casteja, citing minimalist artists such as Agnes Martin as her main source of inspiration. “It’s about lines and graphic contrast.”
She was drawn to shirting because of the freedom of interpretation it allows. “Shirting speaks to everyone, people can wear the shirts in their own way and style. It gives a lot of freedom, you don’t need to tell the customer how to wear

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Gant Relocates Regent Street Space, Launches New Store Concept

LONDON — After almost seven years at the same address on Regent Street, Gant has crossed the road and moved into a space formerly occupied by Hugo Boss.
The new store, at 184-186 Regent Street, spans 4,449 square feet across two floors and is located between Hamley’s toy store and Kate Spade.
Gant chief executive officer Patrik Nilsson said he prefers the new location, called it the “sunnier side of the street with 60 percent more traffic.”
He also said the new location was a better space, adding that 60 percent of the products stocked in the store had been selected based on research the company had conducted.
The brand has implemented a new store concept, shifting from an “American lifestyle” to a more “cosmopolitan and sophisticated” aesthetic, with plans to roll out the same approach to its other locations globally. The store’s interiors include movable oak furniture and brass fixtures, with the aim of giving it a more contemporary appeal compared with the previous setup, which was fixed.
“We’ve used the oak cut, which is also taken from the history we have,” said chief marketing officer, Brian Grevy.
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Cara Delevingne Launches Rimmel Mascara

LATEST SCANDAL: “There was a lot of PVC,” said Cara Delevingne of the costume she wore in the print and TV campaign for Rimmel’s latest launch, Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara.
The model-actress appears as a secret agent running around London’s St. Pancras station for the campaign, which was photographed by Sølve Sundsbø and directed by Anthony Mandler.
Delevingne said she took a similar approach to the shoot as she would to an acting job. “I really just got into the mind-set of a spy,” said Delevingne, who was in London on Monday for the product launch. “I was sneaking around walls. There was a lot of running around the train stations, hysterical, while creating and causing a lot of havoc. People did not know what was going on, especially with me running around looking like a spy.”
Delevingne said her first experience with makeup was watching her mother apply beauty products, as well as watching Rimmel advertisements. She said she looked up to another Rimmel girl — Kate Moss — when she was growing up. Her first attempts at eye makeup took place at boarding school, aged 11, when she experimented with eyeliner and mascara. She’s also had her share of mishaps, including stabbing herself

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Versace Launches Sunglasses Contest

Versace on Wednesday launched a contest dedicated to its Greca Stars aviator sunglasses.
Until May 15, the brand’s fans will have the chance to win a pair by participating in the contest in two different ways.
They can either take a selfie with the Greca Stars in selected Versace boutiques worldwide and then post it online with the #VERSACESELFIE tag, or they can check the brand’s @VersaceHomeWW, @DVHomeMilan and @VersaceBoutiques to spot a selfie of Donatella Versace sporting the sunglasses.
The winners, who will be selected by the company, will receive a pair of the sunglasses, trimmed with Swarovski crystals and embellished with Versace’s signature Greek frieze.
This initiative follows last March’s launch of the 7 Bags for 7 Cities contest, which asked participants to help customize the Versace Palazzo Empire bag.
 
 

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L’Dezen Fine Jewelry Launches in London

GROWING UP: L’Dezen, the Hong Kong-based fine jewelry brand, is breaking into the London market via the omnichannel retailer Plukka.
The label will be carried exclusively at Plukka’s London boutique, which recently opened in Burlington Arcade.
Plukka will also stock the label exclusively at its Madison Avenue boutique in New York, which is set to open later this year.
“London is unlike other cities which are keen to jump on all things new. You have to be more established, so I waited five years to enter the London market, to have enough experience and background behind me,” said Payal Shah, the label’s founder and designer.
Shah is making something of a comeback in London: Six years ago she graduated from the University of Westminster, where she studied architecture and urban design.
Shah described her customer as: “a woman in her 40s and very knowledgeable. She has already read about the brand or been to jewelry markets, so she is very specific about what she likes.”
The label is characterized by statement pieces that she creates using sliced diamonds and a variety of colors of 18-carat gold.
Among the highlights are a pair of drop earrings with different shades of sliced diamonds arranged to resemble a leopard pattern,

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California Launches Effort Promoting Art and Culture Districts

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189 , a measure empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural Districts in a competitive application process.

Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council said, “The signing of AB 189, is great news for communities of all sizes, all across our state … (we will) play a central role in strengthening local communities through economic growth, increased tourism, and community cohesion. The resources we expect to bring together on a statewide level will strengthen existing districts and foster the development of new cultural hubs.”

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Governor Brown, Craig Watson, and of course, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) who introduced AB 189, all undoubtedly see the connections between the arts and creativity and, in turn, between creativity and innovation and want California to continue to lead the nation in the development of theatrical films, television, cable and Internet programs, video games, high tech hardware and software goods and services which are the heart and soul of the new economy.

AB 189 charges the Council to formulate a plan to foster Art Districts throughout the state, thereby enhancing creativity, and in the process,reinventing the landscape of cities throughout the state. The Council, always looking at ways to enhance creativity in the schools and almost everywhere art is displayed, has now joined the movement to change communities too. They will, according to the legislation, “provide technical and promotional support to the districts, as well as collaborate with public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits to the local and state economy.”

To date, 15 states have taken on a formalized State role in the creation of art and cultural districts. Together, they are leading the effort to transform America for the rapidly evolving creative economy.

According to the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, such “districts are special areas designated or certified by state governments, that utilize cultural resources to encourage economic development and foster synergies between the arts and other businesses. State cultural districts have evolved into focal points that feature many types of businesses, foster a high quality of life for residents, attract tourism and engender civic pride.”

Arts districts, usually found on the periphery of a city center, are intended to create a critical mass of art galleries, dance clubs, theaters, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. Often, such places also attract cafes, restaurants and retail shops.

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More and more however, cities are thinking about such districts as a way to insure the city attracts, nurtures and retains the creative workforce it needs to succeed in the new economy, an economy vitally dependent on creativity and innovation. As important as reinventing our systems of education, communities where people young and old spend more than half their day living and working, aspiring art and culture districts are essential to establishing vibrant and productive communities. Indeed, these places are the incubators of creativity.

Art and Culture Districts, says Theresa Cameron, formerly Local Arts Agency Services Program Manager of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), “have the potential — with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues, public squares for performances, restaurants, cafes and retail shops — of attracting, and nurturing the creative workforce our cities need to succeed in the new economy.” Recently AFTA has created a website devoted to the “who, what and why” these districts are so important.

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As the geographical landscape of a city morphs into a larger metropolitan region–partly because of population growth, mostly out of economic necessity — what we call downtown becomes even more critical to the wealth and well-being of the people living in those communities. Few efforts to insure America’s success and survival in the new economy could be more important.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky and Massachusetts are the most recent state agencies to establish such an initiative. Eight other states recognized such districts as tax free enterprises and have adopted similar efforts. The appointees to Art Councils, usually loyal friends of the elected Governor, don’t often take on issues of local economic development. But this seems to be changing, as many appointees are visionary leaders, action oriented, and making their voices heard.

States use a variety of tax incentives to encourage business development within local cultural districts. Examples of state incentives include sales, income, or property tax credits or exemptions for goods produced or sold within the district; or preservation tax credits for historic property renovations and rehabilitation. Maybe a state will offer an amusement or admission tax waiver for events within the district. All the plans vary and the funding is uniquely packaged to insure sustainability.

The “State Cultural District” designation from the Art Council seems to be enough for cities to apply, but you have to wonder what cities could do and whether smaller cities might apply if a little financial help were forthcoming. You have to wonder too, what might be possible if more organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and high tech companies in a region joined forces to help in the reinvention effort.

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J.J. Martin Launches First Clothing Collection

TEST PATTERN: J.J. Martin can add a new line to her résumé: fashion designer.
The journalist and vintage fanatic on Thursday night held a cocktail with retailer Matchesfashion.com during Milan Fashion Week to mark the launch of a collection of dresses made with Italian manufacturer Mantero Silk.
For her first outing under the label LaDoubleJ Editions, she opted for a short-sleeved A-line style that hits just above the ankle, available in eight archival patterns dating from the 1910s to the Eighties.
“I’m a big maximalist. I love print, I love pattern, but I think you kind of need it in really simple lines,” said Martin, sporting one of her own creations in a bold pattern called Confetti.
“Basically, what we wanted to do was create the easiest, most fail-safe silhouette that literally looks good on every woman, and you’ll have no problems with those areas that every woman is concerned about: the hips, the butt, the stomach. You can have as much dinner as you want, you still fit in the dress,” she added.
Available exclusively on her Web site, LaDoubleJ.com, and Matchesfashion.com, the dresses retail for $ 480. Further collections are already in the works.
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INDIXIA Launches in New York, Hong Kong and London to Follow

ALL IN FOR INDIA: The first New York installment of INDIXIA has launched to help underprivileged children in India who are interested in getting a higher education in fashion, design or cinema.

Pooling international supporters who specialize in fine art, design, fashion. cinema and philanthropy, INDIXIA supports Arts For India, the charity was started by Satish Modi in the U.K. in 2010. The agency receives educational support by the University of the Arts London and the Prince’s Drawing School, London. Through Arts for India’s four-year scholarship program, a donor sponsors one needy student artist at the International Institute of Fine Arts. Each year 100 underprivileged students benefit from the program.

Aiming to help as many impoverished Indian students as possible, Modi said, “By giving them the opportunity to study, they, especially women, can escape arranged marriages. With education, they are then able to make informed choices in their lives and have a much better chance and brighter future.”

As part of the first edition of INDIXIA in New York, Nicole Miller and Columbia University Professor and Tibet House U.S. president Robert Thurman will be honored Wednesday at Bonhams. They will be joined by what is expected to be a strong showing by the

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Fuzzi Launches Swimwear Line

DIVING IN: Fuzzi, the Italy-based, Aeffe SpA-owned knitwear company founded by Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi in 1954 — perhaps best known for producing knits for Jean Paul Gaultier in a collaboration that began in 1983 and lasted more than 30 years — is in expansion mode. Since the closing of Gaultier’s rtw business in September 2014, Fuzzi has made a name for itself with an expanded women’s collection that goes beyond its signature printed tulle knitwear. And for spring 2016, to build upon its lineup of dresses and separates, the company will launch its first swimwear line.
Marianne Hicks, who served as the senior vice president of Jean Paul Gaultier North America for over 20 years and joined Fuzzi in 2012, serves as the collection’s New York-based creative director. Hicks works closely with Anna Maria Fuzzi, the daughter of Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi, at the brand’s Cattolica, Italy-based factory, where the team continues to expand the scope of the collection. “Having developed Gaultier’s swim business from the beginning, I was very saddened when Gaultier shut his business,” said Hicks. “I always loved swimwear, had established relationships with the stores and knew that it was an area that I wanted to eventually explore with Fuzzi.

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Journelle Launches Private Label Lingerie Collection

Journelle, the New York City-based lingerie chain, is launching a private label collection. The store, with three outlets in Manhattan and one forthcoming in Chicago, will introduce its own line of lingerie, a 25-item collection including eight bras, boys shorts, bikinis and thongs, Sept. 8.
“It’s our version of everyday basics,” said Claire Chambers, who founded Journelle in 2007. “We’re starting with styles we call ‘everyday lovely,’ which are unlined demis, a few T-shirt bras in special laces.” The collection is produced primarily in Asia with European and American laces. Prices range from $ 58 to $ 92. For now, the line is exclusive to Journelle stores and online. “We’re going to take it slow and test it out with our own stores and customer,” said Chambers.

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Prism Launches Worldwide Pop-ups Featuring Chloe Sells Art

HOT STUFF: London brand Prism, which has rapidly moved from eyewear into clothing and accessories, plans to beach hop this summer with a series of pop-up shops in resorts ranging from Bali to Mykonos to Venice Beach. The five pop-ups will stock the brand’s swimwear, beachwear, footwear, sunglasses and accessories, and showcase original photographic art by Chloe Sells.
“We really wanted to activate retail spaces in beach destinations that we don’t work with all year-round,” said Anna Laub, the founder and creative director of Prism, who opened her first store last year in London’s Marylebone neighborhood. “We’re taking over the stores’ windows and have tailored our space to suit each shop. We’ve also done an exclusive swimsuit for each store.”
Laub is collaborating with her friend, the artist Chloe Sells, on the windows at each location. They will be covered with handmade vinyl prints showing a variety of tropical images from Sells’ catalogue. As they’re made from vinyl, the prints can stick to the shop windows and let the light shine through for a “prismatic effect,” Laub said.
The pop-ups will start opening Wednesday, and trade for the duration of the summer. Prices range from 150 pounds, or $ 234, for a pair of espadrilles to

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Grayers Growth Calls For Swim, Kids, Retail Launches

Grayers’ founders fancy the label they launched three years ago as something along the lines of affordable J. Crew. The company has reached a point now, they say, to hunt for capital to fuel the next phase of expansion, which calls for taking the men’s wear brand to full-on lifestyle label.
The company’s founders have their sights set on expanding the accessories collection for fall, launching swim and then following all of that up with kids.
Grayers, headquartered in New York with production in Asia, was founded by former Ralph Lauren executive Peter Georgiou and his wife Joanna, who handles sales and marketing.
“In the case of Grayers, I felt there was a sweet spot in the market, both in price point and product attributes, in the U.S. and U.K.,” Peter said. “Over the last few years we’ve gone from being a 20-door business out of Nordstrom to about 200 points of sale today in the U.S. mostly.”
The line includes polos starting at $ 58, $ 88 chinos, selvage denim for $ 165, French terry cardigans for $ 138 and wool blazers for $ 195.
“It’s [for] a guy who cares about what he wears and doesn’t want to be burdened by it,” Peter said.
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Chris Christie Launches Bid to Become New President of FIFA, Citing Ability to Build Bridges

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In a dramatic week for world football, Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, gave himself a red card and announced his resignation, and Chris Christie declared his goal of replacing him.

At a hastily arranged news conference in a Dunkin Donuts, Governor Christie said:

“I have always believed that I would make a great President, so for the benefit of the people of New Jersey, America and the world, I will be formally announcing my candidacy for the Presidency of FIFA as soon as I’m done eating. “

As reporters collectively choked on their frosted maple crèmes, Christie continued:

“I have to tell you guys that I would be the perfect person to replace Blatter.

I appreciate that a deep knowledge of football is essential for this job, and I have it! I’ve been watching the Cowboys, the Giants and the Eagles my entire life and I will bring all that know-how to the table for the benefit of American football fans throughout the world.

I also hear that running FIFA is like running the mafia. That’s awesome because I’m the Governor of New Jersey for Christ sakes, so enough said about my qualifications in that regard.

Additionally, I know that the new head of FIFA must have a lot of experience dealing with the US Department of Justice in ongoing criminal investigations. Well, guess what? I’ve been doing that for well over a year now!

Most importantly, I believe FIFA really needs someone to build all the bridges that have been burnt during this entire fiasco. And as I’m sure you will agree, whenever anyone thinks of bridges nowadays, they immediately think of me!”

After his announcement, Christie did not immediately respond to questions from reporters, citing an urgent need to finish his doughnut.

In further developments, other republican FIFA presidential hopefuls also declared their candidacies, notably Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Sarah Palin — the latter of whom called the decision to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, “the worst supreme court ruling since Roe v. Wade.”

No matter who else throws their hat into the ring, Christie is likely be the most appealing candidate to FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken — particularly given his extraordinary rates of consumption.

However, when contacted for comment, Irma Crook, one of the few remaining executives at FIFA, said: “Chris Christie wants to become the new President of FIFA? Oh my God, quick! Let’s get Sepp Blatter back!”

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Lancel Launches New Line and E-Commerce

TRAVEL BOLDLY: Lancel is turning to pop, while going back to its own roots with the launch of a new leather goods line for men and women.
Designed in a bold mix of hues, including tourmaline, cinnabar and amethyst, Pop features travel bags in three different formats, suitable for short getaways, in concert with a series of matching accessories which are to include pouches, tablet and mobile cases.
Ultra-light and foldable, the pieces mirror the French leather goods maker’s philosophy that travels should come lightly, which in the Fifties climaxed in the creations of its first nylon suitcase, also known as the Kangourou, swiftly catapulting Lancel into the spotlight.
Lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, Pop’s new ad campaign is a nod to the brand’s lively shoots from the Eighties, this time showing Malgosia Bela and Will Chalker having fun with their supple travel companions.
To fete the launch and Lancel’s reorientation as a lifestyle brand, the French house has teamed up with Wallpaper magazine for a capsule of three additional travel items: a city guide library, a passport holder and a key ring, which will be unveiled in Paris on Thursday night and sold exclusively via Lancel’s new e-shop.
Slated to go live on May 7,

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J.Crew Launches Save the Bees Campaign

BEE PROACTIVE: J. Crew is doing its part to help the diminishing bee population. In honor of Earth Day today, the retailer will launch a Save the Bees campaign, which will donate 50 percent of profits from an exclusive collection of T-shirts to the Xerces Society, an Oregon-based nonprofit for wildlife and its habitat. The initiative falls within J. Crew’s Garments for Good program and will offer T-shirts for women and children illustrated by Donald Robertson. The Ts will be available at J. Crew and Crewcut stores and online and will retail for $ 45 for the women’s model, $ 36 for the girls’ T-shirt and $ 29.50 for the boys’.
More than 75 percent of the world’s 115 principal crop species are dependent on or benefit from animal pollination and in North America, bees are responsible for roughly $ 20 billion in agricultural production.

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Amour Vert Launches Plant a T(R)EE Collection

SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE: When a model, a photographer and an actresss get together to host an event, one can count on a good-looking crowd. On Thursday night, at the behest of friends Lily Kwong, Claiborne Swanson Frank and Elizabeth Gilpin, a bevy of PYTs filled Beverly Hills’ Switch boutique to celebrate the opening of eco-friendly apparel line Amour Vert’s pop-up shop inside the store.

Actresses Dylan Penn, Ashley Hinshaw and Claire Holt, aspiring musician Caroline Vreeland and model Amanda Hearst shopped the San Francisco-based brand’s Plant a T(R)EE collection, which promises one tree planted in America for every t-shirt sold.

“It just felt like a call to action,” Kwong, recently named Amour Vert’s director of brand strategy, explained. “Fashion is the number two polluting industry in the world after oil. I have this platform in fashion…so I had to do something.”

Kwong, who commutes between New York and San Francisco juggling modeling and urban planning, enlisted the help of her Los Angeles pals to spread the word. “When she [Lily] told me about the brand and I realized what a good cause it was, I said to her, ‘Why don’t I help you organize an event in LA?’” said Gilpin, an aspiring actress and

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Lapo Elkann Launches Garage Italia Customs

LAPO GOES CUSTOM: Lapo Elkann has launched a new project in the automotive business. Following the “Tailor-Made” service he developed for the Ferrari brand in 2011, the Fiat scion founded Garage Italia Customs, a Milan-based company specializing in vehicle customization.
Under the guide of Elkann and the company’s creative director Carlo Borromeo, the brother of Elkann’s sister-in-law Lavinia Borromeo and husband of fashion designer Marta Ferri, the company offers a complete service to customize cars’ exteriors and interiors. In particular, Garage Italia Customs uses not only classic techniques, such as bodywork, painting and upholstery, but also introduced a range of more affordable and innovative services, including wrapping and wrap-paint which allows an infinite number of personalized solutions.
Last week at the Geneva Motor Show, Garage Italia Customs presented its Fiat 500X “Black Tie,” which was wrap-painted to obtain a herringbone effect. The car was also customized with leather-trimmed cashmere sun visors and denim seats.

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Nicola Formichetti Launches Nicopanda at Printemps

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Nicola Formichetti made a personal appearance at Paris department store Printemps on Thursday night to celebrate the launch of the first full-fledged collection for his label Nicopanda.
The line of accessibly priced unisex pieces is sold at the Maria Luisa store at the retailer’s Boulevard Haussmann flagship. In the U.K., it has made its debut as part of Selfridges’ gender neutral shopping space Agender.
“Everyone around me just wears boys’ and girls’ and just mixes it up. Now it’s going to be more mainstream, I’m super happy. The whole sexuality thing is all blurring, lots of trans people are in the spotlight. I love all of that stuff,” said Formichetti, who is also artistic director of Diesel.
The line features bows and ruffles inspired by Tokyo street style. “This is the side I don’t explore at Diesel, which is more my Japanese side,” the Italian-Japanese designer explained. “I love Harajuku. That’s where my spirit is, and Nicopanda was born in Harajuku, via London and New York, so it’s always inside me.”
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Frame Denim Launches First Men’s Campaign

Frame Denim has released its first men’s advertising campaign, which features model Matt Clunan wearing Le Homme, a slim-fit style.
“We instinctively gravitated to him. We felt he represented the Frame man we all want to be, or at least wish we looked like,” said co-founder Jens Grede, who started the brand in 2012 along with Erik Torstensson, Josh Levine and Nico Peyrache.
According to Grede, the campaign, which was released today, will be showcased in-store, on social media platforms, inside select independent media titles and on wholesale retailers’ e-commerce sites.
The campaign was shot by Torstensson and styled by George Cortina.
Frame Denim, which also offers women’s wear, launched its men’s collection last season with Barneys New York, Mr Porter and Nordstrom. The brand partnered with Dutch photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on a capsule collection that included a slim men’s style aptly named Vindooh.
Grede said Frame is slowly broadening the men’s denim range and expanding into other categories.
“Frame is carving out its distinct opinion in the men’s market. We are ultimately trying to dress ourselves,” said Grede.

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Alexander McQueen Launches Capsule Collection of Silk Scarves

SILK STORY: Alexander McQueen has created a capsule collection of silk scarves to mark the launch of the designer’s “Savage Beauty” retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, opening on Saturday. Each scarf features one of five designs drawn from signature house creations such as the Armadillo shoes from spring 2010, and the Spray Painted Dress from spring 1999. “Our silks remain the most popular and accessible product from the house, and we wanted everyone to be able to own a memento celebrating ‘Savage Beauty,’ featuring imagery from Lee’s most memorable collections,” said McQueen’s chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd. The capsule collection will be available in limited runs of only 100 for each design, and the scarves will retail for $ 595 at the Alexander McQueen flagship on Bond Street in London and at alexandermcqueen.com.

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Beyonce Launches Vegan Home Delivery Meal Service In Hopes You’ll Feel #Flawless

If a diva is a female version of a hustler, then, logically speaking, a vegan diva is the female version of a vegan hustler.

The clean-eating Beyonce herself recently partnered with her personal trainer, exercise physiologist Marco Borges, to launch the 22 Days Nutrition plant-based home delivery meal service. The service offers three meal plans, where you can sign up to receive anywhere from one to three meals a day for 22 days delivered to your door each week. A full three-meals-a-day package will cost you a total of $ 629.79, including shipping of $ 19.95. According to the website, all of the meals are gluten-free, soy-free and organic. Each meal is “a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat with limited salt and sugar.”

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The meal plan busts the myth that vegans struggle to get enough protein in their diets. “In reality, eating a variety of beans, nuts, seeds and grains will give your body the protein it needs to keep energy levels up and build and keep muscle tone,” the website says.

Twenty-two days of veganism may seem random, but the time span is a conscious choice of Borges and Beyonce. “The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

“I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example,” Beyonce says in the statement. “He is the most energetic person I know and it’s all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle. He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Beyonce’s first public stint with veganism was in December 2013, when she and her husband Jay Z adopted the plant-based diet for 22 days. Jay Z referred to the challenge as “a spiritual and physical cleanse.”
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Katy Perry Launches NFL Women’s Apparel Sweater

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The pop star tweeted the news today to her 64.3 million Twitter followers.

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NFL Shop at Super Bowl Launches

To try to attract more stylish football fans, the NFL revamped its women’s apparel offerings and its marketing this season.

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ISIS Launches Canada Unit in Latest Tax Inversion Deal

September X, 2014 — Now that American icon Burger King has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a blatant “screw you” to the U.S. Treasury, the trend of moving abroad to save on taxes seems to be catching on. The latest party to take advantage of this is infamous terror group ISIS, which announced through Al Jazeera that it is moving its headquarters to Canada.

“The corporate tax rate in Iraq is just killing us,” said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “We can’t function in such an anti-business environment. That’s why we’re so angry all the time. Canada, on the other hand, has a corporate tax rate of only 26.5 percent, which is really awesome. What’s the point of terrorizing and pillaging if we can’t keep most of our spoils?”

This type of ‘tax inversion’ deal has drawn fire in the international community for being unpatriotic but ISIS is undeterred by the criticism. “People don’t understand how burdensome it is to pay taxes twice – once at the corporate level and once at the individual level. Our warriors are being fleeced by the Iraqi government but nobody seems to care. The press never covers that side of the story,” grumbled al-Baghdadi.

Of course, the Canadian government is not very happy about this development and has expressed concern for the safety of its citizens if ISIS moves to its shores.

We asked ISIS for a response to this and their public relations department issued the following statement: “The Canadians have nothing to fear. We feel that they have enough problems already because of their bizarre desire to be French, total lack of ambition, and most of all, their ridiculous accent. We will only be using the Canada office for planning purposes and dissemination of grisly videos to the world but will restrict our terror campaign to the Middle East.”

The U.S. State Department, however, has made it clear that if ISIS moves to Canada, the U.S. government will launch airstrikes against its neighbor — something it has wanted to do for a long time anyway. From a geopolitical standpoint, such posturing could be construed as an act of war but, true to form, the Canadians just said “thank you” and went back to doing nothing. Some analysts even speculate that the Canadians are closet S&M junkies and actually want to be bombed by the U.S.

When asked whether ISIS would change its flag after the move, al-Baghdadi responded: “Does a camel have a hump? Our graphic designers have come up with some really cool ideas, including a maple leaf with bullet holes in it and a moose carrying an AK-47. Please understand that even though we are doing this for tax reasons, we are grateful for Canada’s hospitality and will do everything we can to integrate with the local population there. We also look forward to giving them the divine gift of Sharia law.”

After a pause, the leader of the terror group added: “Of course, if the Canadians disrespect us, we will have no choice but to chop off their heads, but why worry about that now? In any case, they will receive billions of new tax dollars from us so they should be happy about that.” Noting our skepticism, he explained with a grin: “We invested early in Google, made a fricking bundle on it! Not just a pretty face, man…”

So is ISIS just the tip of the Canadian iceberg for such tax inversion deals? Will other terror groups follow and if so, could Canada have finally found a reason for its existence? Who knows but whatever happens, one thing is for certain: if ISIS moves there for a lower tax rate, the Canadian government better not even think about raising it…

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Artist Launches Bonsai Trees And Other Lovely Plant Arrangements Into Space

We’ve heard that outer space is, visually speaking, a pretty majestic experience. Yet although the galaxy beyond is undoubtedly filled with stars and misty clouds for days, there aren’t any decorative touches around to spruce up the space.

Enter Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto, aka the official interior decorator of outer space. For Makoto’s recent artistic endeavor, entitled “EXOBIOTANICA,” he launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai, along with an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, into the great beyond.

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The carefully arranged greenery was expelled from planet earth from Black Rock Desert, Nevada — also the location of the Burning Man Festival. The whole project was taped, thanks to the six GoPro cameras strapped to the balloons which carried the plants. As you could probably guess, the juxtaposition of crisp floral arrangement and the empty wilderness of outer space is a surreal sight to behold.

“I went to Amazon, Brazil last year and created art pieces with plants that were full of aliveness in dense forest where I could hear groan from the earth,” the artist explained to the Huffington Post. “This was a mind-blowing experience since I really felt that I was arranging the plants onto the earth. For this EXOBIOTANICA project, one of my inspiration sources was curiosity – I asked myself, ‘what would it happen when I arrange plants on the globe, from up in the sky?’ as a concept that is completely opposite of what I did in Brazil.”

The goal was simple: “I wanted to explore how flowers and plants would bloom, decay and change outside of the earth. I wanted to seek and tell how their beauties will look with the earth as its background.”

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Before actually launching the flora into outer space, Makoto, in collaboration with John Powell of JP Aerospace, “experimented number of times under low-temperature and did rehearsals for camera’s angles beforehand so that we would able to estimate what would happen to some extent.” Despite all the preparations that took place, nothing could predict the staggering beauty that results from the strange and enchanting vision of a domesticated floral arrangement floating through the unbridled Milky Way.

Now that he’s tackled outer space, Makoto has set his sights on artistic destinations closer to planet earth, though just as visually compelling. “For the next steps I would like to try various conditions such as the bottom of the sea, volcano, the Arctic and the Antarctic to see what kind of expressions flowers and plants would display. These challenging concepts make me excited by only thinking about it.” We cannot wait to see where Makoto brings his lucky bouquets next.

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‘The Simpsons’ Launches On FXX With Longest Continuous Marathon Ever

FXX is planning 12 days that will put that Christmas song to shame.

This summer, the FXX network will launch “The Simpsons” in style with a 12 day marathon, showing all 552 episodes consecutively. The marathon will start August 21st and continue through Labor Day.

“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said chief executive of FX Networks Jon Landgraf at an upfront presentation held in New York on Wednesday, reported Variety.

In addition to the marathon, FXX will make use of their $ 750 million dollar investment by showing four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall.

A new “Simpsons” app, which will provide access to every episode of the series, is also planned to debut in the coming weeks.


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